Well, that confirms it: no DVI/HDCP connector. Silly buggers--so much for their D'Ahlia customers.
Also, only one 1394 connector. This thing has to be at one end or the other of your network, and if you use it, you can't make a ring. I guess it doesn't matter--the interface can just repeat anything not intended for it back upstream out the same port. It is, however, a poor precedent--if other companies decide to put only one connector on their products, you could unwittingly end up with three devices with one connector and one with two and there'd be no way to connect them all together. All of the televisions announced and shipping so far, the Mitsubishi VCR and Sony's cable STB have two ports--this stuff is meant to be daisy chained. JVC even knows this--they show it in diagrams on page 59. Maybe it's all the money they spent implementing useless connections like their proprietary JLIP computer interface.
I can't see where this thing has any real appeal for anyone who is going to buy a copy-protected set, who does not already own an analog-only one (like me), or who already owns one of the 1394/DTCP equiped Sonys. It is useful in that it is essentially an "adapter" from 1394/DTCP to HD analog component video--though I'm not sure that you can monitor it in realtime, the way you can monitor tuned coax or composite line video through an NTSC VCR without recording. You should, however, be able to record anything from a 1394/DTCP-only HD source and play it back in full HD over its component video outputs, unless it was copy-protected without Image Constraint Tokens, in which case, as a DTCP compliant device, it would have to constrain the image.
But for people buying a new set with 1394/DTCP inputs, this unit would have little advantage (unless, perhaps, you wanted to copy DV-format camcorder video onto D-VHS), and will probably always cost a lot more than Mitsubishi's dumber model without embedded MPEG decoder and HD analog outputs--it lists for twice as much.
-- Mike Scott
[This message has been edited by michaeltscott (edited 10-11-2001).]